Open Thread 14 APR 21
Along the beaches of Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf lies a series of gumdrop-esque abodes.
Welcome to today's edition of the C99 open thread. Inspired by this architectural venture in Iran. Probably not something seen in the western MSM news, as the country happens to resist the empire's plans for world dominance, therefore an enemy threat. Goes to show the propaganda slant painting the US 'enemies' as an evil to be feared. Seems like a pretty progressive social program.
Most of the bulbous structures hold living accommodations with communal dining, laundry, and prayer areas woven throughout. The vibrant venues were designed as part of an initiative to remedy local economic struggles and bring together tourists and the community in a shared cultural space.
In a country where the state struggles with political disputes outside its borders, every architectural project becomes a proposal for internal governing alternatives, asking basic questions: What are the limits of architecture and how can it suggest a political alternative for communal life? How can it attain social agency?
As always, being an open thread, feel free to post whatever moves you. Looking for volunteers to host the Thursday open thread. Enjoy the day!